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Nature and Disposition and Feeling: A Reexamination of the Philosophical Connotation of Wang Bi's ＂Naturalization of Feeling＂
|Keywords:||自然 ; 性 ; 情 ; 王弼 ; 魏晉玄學 |
Nature ; Disposition ; Feeling ; Wang Bi ; Wei-Jin Xuanxue
This paper reexamines Wang Bi's theory of ＂naturalization of feeling＂ by reviewing his work Explication of Doubts on the Analects, to clarify questions arising from contemporary interpretation of the theory, and to provide different points of view on how to understanding the theory. The discussion is divided into two sections in this paper. The first section discusses how Wang carried on previous studies of ＂naturalization of feeling＂ and its connotation from three perspectives. First, the traditional Taoist approaches to ＂naturalization of feeling＂ are sorted out and compared with Wang's position, to highlight the differences and similarities between the two conceptual thoughts. And the examination of other works and commentaries by Wang reveals how ＂disposition＂ and ＂feeling＂ are interrelated in Wang's system of thought. The consistency between Wang's theory of ＂naturalization of feeling＂ and his other theories further indicates that, in Wang's view, the tendencies of ＂disposition＂ and ＂feeling＂ are both neutral, ＂disposition＂ is not an exact equivalence to ＂nature,＂ neither is ＂feeling＂ governed by ＂disposition.＂ In the second section, this paper on the conceptual continuation and interpretative turn of Wang's theory of ＂natura focuses lization of feeling.＂ By studying how Wang interpreted ＂by nature, men are nearly alike＂ in Confucian thought with the theory of ＂naturalization of feeling,＂ this paper illustrates the differences and similarities between the two approaches of interpreting ＂disposition＂ and ＂feeling.＂ Furthermore, it compares the Confucian and Taoist interpretations of the disposition of morality to demonstrate the philosophical difference between the Confucian and Wang's views on ＂disposition.＂ Finally, by comparing Wang and Yi-Chuan's theories of ＂naturalization of feeling,＂ this paper further demonstrates how contemporary interpretation of Wang's theory has been affected by the meta-analysis of Sung-Ming Confucianism.
|Relation:||政大中文報, 35, 241-265|
|Appears in Collections:||[政大中文學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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